We left Adelaide and headed west via car towards the Grampions. As we drove. The temperature climbed, we travelled thru farmland either grain farms or sheep ranches. The land was very dry and the temperature kept climbing. By early afternoon the temperature was 44c with a very strong wind. When we got out of the car to buy gas or stop for lunch the heat was oppressive. We drove thru the Grampion National Park which contains three mountain ranges with peaks ranging maybe 1000-1500 feet high, they are treed right to the summit. We stayed overnight just outside the south boundary of the park in the very small town of Dunkeld. Surprisingly Dunkeld contains one of the best restaurants in Australia and we had booked the 10 course tasting menu months ago. The hotel restaurant was full when we arrived. We dined on many varied local treats like; jumbuck with rocket and pickled dandilion, eel and bone marrow with eggplant and pickled vegetable. The food was superb, the service impeccable and the Australian wines were excellent. The next morning we woke to grey skies and chilly temperatures as we headed south towards Warnambool and the Great Ocean Road. The Great Ocean Road was build by returning First World War soldiers as a tribute to their fallen comrades. The road runs along the coast and affords great vistas of the Southern Ocean and the interesting rock formations, the most famous of which are the Twelve Apostles. The road was very busy and it was the first time we have seen lots of non Australians touring. There are many beaches along this road and you can see the area is a very popular destination for Australians. On one of our little side tours down to the beach we drove thru a grove of Gum trees and we saw many Koala bears up in the trees either sleeping or munching on leaves. We have seen many signs warning us of kangaroos on the road but the only kangaroos we have seen appeared to be sleeping by the side of the road. The bird life in Australia is very different. When we first entered the Grampion Park we saw several Emus which are huge flightless birds that look like ostriches. We have seen many cockatoos, parrots, galahs and other exotic birds which are commonplace down under. We followed the Great Ocean Road to Melbourne and we are settled into an apartment in a historic building within waking distance of Melbourne Park. It is cool in Melbourne today only reaching 21c and the temperature will drop to 14c overnight. We are watching Roger play Tomic on the TV, I think the whole country is tuned in, Tomic is the only remaining Auzzie in the tournament. Back to the game.